A few nights ago, I asked my six year old to clear her plate at the table. She jutted her hip out with her hand on it and replied, “I don’t want to do that.”
I put on my best mom voice and replied, “That wasn’t a request.”
She walked calmly over to her piggy bank and got a dollar and handed it to me. She patted my hand and said, “I really want you to do it tonight, Mommy.”
I was incredulous. Was my six year old really trying to pay me to do chores?
“Don’t bring that dollar to me,” I said in disbelief.
And then she says something that I KNOW she has heard her father say joking, “Don’t worry, I will leave it on the nightstand just like Daddy does.”
I stared daggers at her father while he suppressed laughter. It was just last year that I made him stop saying “That’s what she said” when she started using it in context. One more thing he needs to stop saying in front of the children. I will add it to the list.